The Hunt for Richard III w/t (1 x 60′) – A history programme about the extraordinary hunt for the remains of Richard III – beneath a council car park in Leicester, England.
The film follows the archaeologists from University of Leicester who are leading the search for the burial place of King Richard III – capturing every incredible unearthing. The dig, also involving Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society, has made remarkable breakthroughs including the ruins of a medieval friary – and human remains.
The human remains, which show evidence of near-death trauma and curvature of the spine, will now be sent for forensic tests to establish whether they have indeed discovered the last English King to have been killed in battle. The DNA material will be tested to see if it matches that of a 17th-generation descendent of the monarch’s sister.
Richard III is one of the most notorious Kings of England – his death at the Battle of Bosworth effectively ended the Wars of the Roses. The disappearance of his young nephews – known as the Princes in the Tower – and William Shakespeare’s play ‘Richard III’ have also contributed to his infamy.
Channel: Channel 4
Producer: Darlow Smithson
TX: Late 2012
Source: Channel 4 press release